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By April 16th, 2016Uncategorized19 min read
Welcome to Q2 2016, sis. It is
simply amazing for me how quickly we have gotten here. The reality of this hit
me more when my husby began to ask questions around what our plans were for the
summer. Summer? Already? Hmm! But that is our reality, sis. If we got to April
in the blink of an eye, then I can promise you that summer is truly practically
already upon us.
Speaking of summer, my first son
called to say he planned to stay back and work over the holidays. He has set an
audacious financial target for himself and decided to take active steps towards
actualizing this. And God has been faithful to honor his desire, as himself –
and his younger brother, both got jobs last week. So sis, bless the Lord with
me for mature and responsible children. Bless Him with me for His faithfulness
and provision. And then bless God with me for hugging me in this season of
excitement and gratitude on one hand, and a deep sadness on the other hand that
I won’t have my precious seed close to me over those summer weeks as planned.
Growing up is hard to do, sis. It
is! At every stage we have to mature into something new and but for the grace
of God, our reactions and choices could alter the trajectory of our lives in a
significant way. For me, the last few years have been an emptying-of-the nest season. For each child that has ‘left’ home, it has been an emotional and
psychological adjustment. Just when it became almost ‘normal’ to have just the two of my four children at home, I am also
now faced with the reality of my daughter leaving at the end of this summer. So
sis, my countdown on how far the year has gone is also partly because I am
bracing myself for another emotional adjustment ahead. Hmm!
As I typed that last sentence,
God just ministered something to me. He said He was the One orchestrating my
boys’ decisions to stay back and work, because the transition from all children
at home for summer to only my last one home in September would be a heavy one
for me. He says He will ease me into the next season and help me to carry
through. Wow! Thank You Lord. Forever and always You are God! I see it clearly
Father, and I am grateful.
Speaking about seasons, I
actually started to blog about something God had shared with me concerning the
many waters’ we struggle with in our
lives, but somehow I find myself drawn to a message I shared at our last Sista
Power gathering which was themed ‘Rest
& Renewal’
. I sense in my spirit that it is a word that will bless
someone who needs to be reading it exactly here and now, for a particular
season that they currently find themselves in.
I had spoken based on an anchor
Scripture in Matthew 11 v 28-30, ‘Come to
Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take
My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My
yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
I had said though that the Message Bible version spoke more to my heart,
and it says, ‘Are you tired? Worn out?
Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your
life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me—watch
how I do it. Learn the unforced
rhythms of grace
. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Earlier this month – specifically
on the 9th of March, God spoke to me during my quiet time and He
this! There are challenges ahead that will call for you to be resilient, and
yet to constantly and consistently enter into and remain in My REST!’
 I thought about this deeply and
continue to. God said to me at the beginning of the year that He has ‘graced me to deliver specifics in my latter
so I understand that I am on assignment, and I understand that
God has something new on hand for me in this season of my life. It is clarity that for me is then key as I move
forward in this space, and I needed to understand the ‘rest’ part.
My meditations were kept largely
to myself until my sister Bidemi

informed me that of the theme for our next Sista Power gathering was ‘Rest
& Renewal’
. Clearly God was and is up to something. God is an
intentional God, and He does not waste
words. When He speaks it is powerful and it is purposeful. He
takes His time to confirm His word, and His word is always fresh manna that
feeds us in our different seasons if we choose to avail ourselves of it. I believe
this is a
Word He needs you to hear in this season, sis. I truly do!
So anyway sis, I had started my
session by looking at some definitions of the word ‘Rest’ that made sense to
me. Rest was defined as:
Peace of mind or spirit (made me think of the
peace of God which surpasses all understanding)
Something used for support (made me think of God
saying He is our stay; the solid rock on which we stand)
Free of anxieties (made me think of God’s call
for us to cast all our cares on Him)
relief or freedom, especially from anything that wearies, troubles, or
disturbs  (made me think of God as our
burden bearer)
Mental or spiritual calm; tranquility

As I looked over these
definitions, I kept r
emembering Matthew 11 v 28-30:  ‘I’ll
show you how to take a real rest. You’ll recover your life.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace
You’ll learn to live freely and lightly.’
Sis, does the expression ‘unforced rhythms of life’ not
just give you a sense of the peace that can be? Amazing!
Remember I had said in one of my
earlier posts that I had started this year on a hard course as God had me do a
study of Revelation? At the end, He said to me that He didn’t ask me to do this
so that I would be scared, but rather for me to understand the weight of what
is coming and the fact that there is much work to be done; and that He has chosen
and equipped me for a portion of the work which I must necessarily deliver
on. You can imagine sis, that I was very happy when He then asked me to
follow this with a study of the Psalms. The Psalms used to be and I guess still
is my favorite book in the Bible. Indeed I’d hung out there for many years
until God told me I had drunk enough spiritual milk and needed to start eating
meat. So, I was glad to go back to the Psalms. I was! 
In a very short time however, I
began to see why the Lord would have me in a study of Psalms in this season. It
became very clear to me very quickly that one of the central messages of the
Psalms is for us to learn the secrets and benefits of resting in God. Almost
from the very beginning of the Psalms we see David speaking about enemies,
about persecution, about those plotting against him, about difficult
situations. Somehow though, we also see that he keeps coming back to the place
of making such bold statements as in Psalm
3 where he says in verses 5-6: ‘I
will sleep. The Lord sustains me so I will not fear those who have set
themselves round about me.’
In Psalm 4, he acknowledged that
he was hemmed in, but that God freed him; that he was in distress, but God
enlarged him. He ended by saying that he would not only lie down in peace, but
that he would also sleep in peace because the Lord makes him dwell in safety
and in confident trust. You and I know that lying down is no guarantee of
sleep, and that sleeping is no guarantee of rest, right sis?
In Psalm 5 he started by speaking
about crying, groaning and sighing, talking about wickedness and enemies; but
ended with declaring that those who trust God sing and shout for joy because He
is their covering and defense; because He surrounds them with favor as with a
In Psalm 6, he started with a cry
for mercy, because he was weak by his own admission. His body and spirit were
exceedingly disturbed and troubled. He was weary with groaning and tears
soaking his pillows at night and soaking his couch by day. But he ended in an
affirmation that the Lord had heard his cries and had received his prayer. We are
not told the problems went away into thin air, no. Rather, what is clear is
that he entered into the rest of God despite the problems.
And this goes on and on. Even
where the word rest is not specifically mentioned, the Psalms show us that
among the best of us there are afflictions we deal with. We have seasons of
praise and then the tide turns. But we have so many assurances from the Lord
Himself that if we would just enter into His presence, we fight the battle from
a different vantage position. Sis, rest is about understanding that God is
truly Lord above all, and that in Him we already have every victory. 
In Psalm 16, David acknowledges
that the Lord is his Refuge, the One in whom he put all his trust. He is at
rest in the confidence of a goodly heritage. He speaks with confidence of a God
Who gives him counsel, such that his
heart instructs him in the night seasons. He speaks to there being fullness
of joy in the presence of God…. Not an absence of problems, a fullness of joy
As I read this, I was struck by
the expression ‘Night seasons’. I thought
about the fact that with the goings on in the global Oil & Gas industry and
the impacts on various economies, many businesses have been in what looks like
a night season for a while. Sis, in some of our homes, personal relationships, health,
finances, etc., many of us are in what look like night seasons. And night seasons
can be confusing can’t they, sis? They can block visibility, clarity,
creativity. In our night seasons, it
can be difficult to focus on God’s face. Usually, we start looking for His hand
– the short terms fixes, instead of His face (His presence). Yet God is constantly saying and trying to show
us that our difficulties do not invalidate His sovereignty! That He is always
God and that He is always with us. He is constantly trying to get us to see
that it is never pitch dark even in those night seasons. There is always a
glimmer of light somewhere, and this glimmer is God saying ‘Be at Rest, I am with you even in and through this’.  
Sis, so many of us are going
through diverse difficulties. We are just about midway through the month of April,
but many of us already feel like we have lived two lifetimes in 2016. Many of
us have found ourselves contending afresh with things we thought were laid to
rest, travailing in battles we thought we had already won. Many of us are
dealing with hydra-headed demons….a combination of husband, work, business,
children and health issues. We are dealing with multi-faceted challenges that
make us wonder where to start fighting back. Many of us are already bowed down,
cowed, afraid. It’s looking like we can’t handle this – and Q1 just barely ended.
Any excitement we entered the New Year with has fast diminished and is now
being replaced with anxiety as to what the rest of the year might hold.
Sis, many of us are busy, busy,
busy….near overwhelmed actually; and our response has been to pull away from
the one thing that we need to overcome in these situations – THE REST THAT GOD
FREELY OFFERS! But it ends today, sis! God
says, ‘Enough! My offer still stands. ENTER into and ABIDE in MY REST today!’
Do you remember Moses encounter
with his father-in-law Jethro in Exodus 18? Well sis, the Lord ministered to me
that what was playing out was a type and shadow of God’s principle of REST in
the first place. Remember that Moses had sent his wife Ziporah back to her
father along with her two sons. Jethro had heard all that God had done for
Moses and his people, and how He had brought them out of Egypt. So Jethro took
Ziporah and their two sons Gershon and Eliezer back to meet with Moses. Time
and length-of-post won’t allow me do justice to this scripture, but please read
it for yourself from verses 14 to 24, sis. Let God minister life to you through
that Scripture.
Sis, even as Jethro asked Moses,
God is asking you, ‘What is this that you are doing?’ He
is saying, v18 ‘The thing that you are doing is not good. You
will surely wear out both yourself and this people with you, for the thing is too heavy for you; you are
not able to perform it all by yourself’
. God is saying
to you as in v19, ‘Listen now
to Me; I will counsel you and be with you’
As Jethro asked Moses to share
the burden of judgements with others, God is asking us to let Him share our
burdens. He is asking that we assign them to Him because He is more than able
to bear our loads. In V23 Jethro
said, ‘If you will do this, and God so commands you, you will be able to
endure the strain, and all these people also will go to their tents in peace’
. Sis, God is calling you to enter into His rest… to do what He is
telling you so that the strain of your life will not be too much for you to
endure; and indeed, so that those around you also dwell in peace.
God has given us several assurances in His word concerning rest. I love Isaiah 30 v15  ‘For thus said the
Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be
saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
It however ends
with ‘But you were unwilling’. Sis,
don’t be unwilling! God said in Exodus 33 v14, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Can you
come back to that place of absolute trust, sis?
When you are in a rested state,
then no matter what is going on around you, you have inner peace & clarity
of thought; you have the ability to hear the voice of God; a higher level of discernment
– to see what isn’t visible & hear what isn’t said. When you are rested,
you more easily live a truly spirit-led life. When you are at rest, people are
drawn to you.  There is a constant
calmness around you that draws people to you; you become a silent message in
yourself. There are of course physical benefits to being in a state of rest – lower
blood pressure; less headaches, diabetes, cancers, etc – and quite frankly,
even if you are being ravaged by some illness or the other, you are able to
elevate your spiritual health over and above that of your physical health when
you are in the rest of God. 
Sis, rest positions you to
fulfill your assignment! A rested spirit is more useful to God. Simply put
therefore, you have to contend for your rest, sis. Your flesh would rather
wallow because in the midst of storms, rest is not logical! That is why we can
only rest by keeping our eyes on God and His word, in faith and confident trust
that He cannot lie. Rest is not casual, sis. It is hard fought for, but well worth it! It involves a continuous choice to renew your mind and
keep it renewed – constantly casting down every thought and imagination
that tries to exalt itself against the word of God that you are holding on
Sis, God says you must enter rest
because He wants to use you to do great things, but He can’t use you maximally
where you are now.  He had given me a few
questions to ask and a few things to say at Sista Power, and I will again share
them on this platform because I believe they could also be for you.
God said to ask, ‘Where are your previous testimonies? Have I not done this for you
time and again? Why are you fretting?’
God said I should tell you ‘I have given you the gift of tears’. Cry it out! Stop bottling things
up. Stop trying to be strong in your own strength! You can’t do this thing by
yourself. I am the power that is at
work in you. I am the power that avails for you. Cry it out on My Alter.
I collect your tears. Cry it out, but
when you are done, don’t collect your tears back! Leave your burdens at My
mercy seat and enter into My rest. If you let me, I will fight your
battles for you and you will hold your peace’.
God says to tell you, ‘Rest is of the Spirit, and it
is in the heart. You can rest if
you stop trying to help Me think things through. Stop trying to figure it out
for Me. The time you spend fretting is the time you should spend
worshiping, and in My presence so that I can speak to you and give you
He says there is nothing new under the sun. He has fought your battles before and He will
yet fight them again. That thing
that you think is peculiar to you, is not new to Him. 
Sis, rest is about our faith. You
either believe God knows the end from the beginning or you don’t. And do you recall that He said that in this life
we will have trouble? Don’t you know that His word is true? We
will have trouble! But we are to rest in the assurance that He will be with us
through the fire and through the flood. He said His thoughts towards us are of
good and not of evil remember? He said that ALL things (the troubles and all)
work together for our good, didn’t He? Come back to the place of the fullness
of your faith in Him, sis. Once you and I purpose to maintain that position and
conviction, we will find it in ourselves – by the power of the Holy Spirit, to declare
to the enemy that no matter how many times he has or will come against us with
his darts of doubt; our confession is that IT IS FINISHED!
And as we confess this sis, we
will not only lie down in peace, but like David…we will sleep in peace.
Receive rest today, sis! The Holy
Spirit will help you, as surely as He has been helping me.
Be blessed sis… for you surely


  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you, I am reminded of God's assurances that He will carry my burdens and to seek Him to do just that. Moses and his father-in-laws engagement to trust God was just apt. Thank you, once again, sis.

  • B says:

    Thank you. But my questions these past few days remain. God I don't get it! What is your criteria? What am I doing wrong? What am I not doing? What should I do and how? I know God is Sovereign, All Powerful, Totally Awesome but the questions abound…..

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